Sunday, November 29, 2015

Featherweight Skill Series - Edge Stitcher, Part 2

There's more uses for this attachment! Let's get into it. 

Edge Stitcher - part 2

French Seam

Put wrong sides together and run the edges through slot 1. This makes a narrow seam. 

Lightly press or steam the seam and bring the right sides together. Pin to keep the raw edges at the edge, if needed. 

Push the foot to the right to increase the seam allowance. 
This connection is very tight but will move. I use my thumb to press against the tab and put my fingers on the right side of the pressure foot rod and pinch firmly. 
if it doesn't budge, remove it and put one drop of oil at the edge of the blue plate, wipe off the excess. 

Run the edge through slot 1 again to enclose the raw edge into the seam. 

Both sides reveal fully enclosed seams. The side that lays flat is the right side. 

Piping Work

Add a narrow strip of bias cut piping along a seam between two pieces of fabric. The bias cut strip should be two times the size of slot 3 and folded in half to fit into the slot. 

Take the top edge of fabric and fold it over, press or pin to hold in place. 

Feed the lower fabric edge into slot 5. Feed the bias strip into slot 3. Feed the top fabric folded edge into slot 1. 

Slowly stitch the three layers together. I held them a few inches away from the needle to help keep them lined up. 

When you get to the end of the seam, you should see something awesome like this!
It's perfectly lined up!

Add pin tucks to fabric to add dimension.

Start with a folded edge, press or pin to help kerp it lined up correctly. 

Feed the edge into slot 1. Sew to the desired length. 

There are two ways to sew the next rows of pin tucks. Fold and line up with the edge of the right side slots... 

Or, for a closer distance between tucks, line up from the left side slots. 

You can do cross hatching by pin tucking in the opposite direction. 

It gives an interesting look when you sew the other seams in opposite directions!

Wide Hems

We explored wide hemming in lesson 7. This can also be done with the edge stitcher, so you have options! You do have to do a little more prep work but the finish is the same. 

Turn the edge under twice so there are no raw edges showing after you sew. 

Set the turned edge in slot 4. Slowly sew the seam line very close to the edge of the turn. 

When you get to the end, you have a beautifully hemmed edge.

Just remember that the bobbin thread will show on the top of your hem. If you choose a thread that matches, it will blend in nicely.

Homework: Take your fabric and do some of these additional edge stitching skills. 

I hope you have been encouraged to use your Edge Stitcher. If you need one, let me know. I have some extras that I can sell. Please share your pics on our Facebook group page, Featherweight Skill Series, so we can see your creations! 

If you like the series, please share the link with your friends, pin it to Pinterest, join my Facebook group... Most importantly, "Let's get sewing!"

No comments: